The history of Ayurveda

Ayurveda, is one of the world’s oldest healing systems. Nevertheless, even today Ayurveda is very much a part of everyday life in Sri Lanka.

The term Ayurveda actually consists of two Sanskrit words: ‘ayur’, meaning life and ‘veda’, meaning knowledge. This ancient knowledge was gathered over 5000 years ago by Indian wise men. Through deep meditation and observation of nature, these elders concluded that all things are connected.

Based on this conviction they formed guiding principles on how to conduct our daily lives. If your mind, body, and spirit are in harmony with each other and the universe, you have good health. When something disrupts this balance, you get sick. Ayurveda’s main goal is not just to fight illness, but also to promote good health. Yet specific treatments will help cure specific health problems.

Ayurveda and food

The principle of ’agni‘ is core to the teachings of Ayurveda. The strength of our agni - our internal heat or digestive system- is of central importance in determining our overall health. All good health starts with a proper metabolism; food is just as important as medicine.

Ayurveda in everyday life

  • People are encouraged to have a restful sleep and to rise early –same time as the sun – between 4.30 and 5 am. At that moment the air is still clean and fresh and one can hear the sounds of nature. This will give you good energy for the rest of the day.
  • Drink enough water. Ten to twelve glasses of water a day will relieve the body of toxins, stimulate digestion and make the skin look clear.
  • About 30 minutes of exercise –walking, cycling or yoga- should be a part of your daily routine; while you’re at it, bond with nature and feel its energy.
  • Last but not least, daily meditation will help you relax and raise your awareness.